RUTH DOYLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Observe. Wonder. Question
Monday and Tuesday this week we began an exhaustive study on each step of the scientific method starting with the scientific methods flip chart. The steps of the scientific method are…
Wednesday and Thursday we learned more about steps 1 and 2 of the scientific method: asking questions and doing research. We practiced making observations and asking scientific, testable questions using… you guessed it… M&M’s (I should get a sponsorship deal). We observed the effect of an M&M in water vs. alcohol vs. vinegar! As we made observations I challenged the kids to turn their observations into testable questions. A questions that is considered testable (or scientific or investigable) is one that (a) is based on facts, not opinions (b) can be tested to produce evidence or data.
After this we transitioned into the RESEARCH portion of the lesson. We learned that good research comes from a variety of sources (not just that one book you read 5 years ago) and the primary purpose of research is to determine your variables! There are 3 types of variables to set during the research phase of the scientific method: Independent variable (IV), Dependent Variable (DV), and Controlled Variables (referred to as “controls”).
If you have any questions or concerns please email me at email@example.com or call the school at (501) 450-6675. Thank you and have a great weekend! – Mr. Lowe
Assignments turned in for the week… Scientific Methods Flip Chart – 15 points